NES records public complaints to influence decision making

NES’s Environmental Compliance Department is particularly concerned with individuals and organisations that disregard environmental legislation and engage in activities that can cause harm to the environment.
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In April 2023, NES received a total of seven complaints from the public regarding a range of environmental issues. The complaints included illegal dumping, water treatment processes, burning of toxic waste, access road damage, and poor mitigation measures with coastal development projects. The issue that took priority was that of coastal development where mitigation measures to reduce further environmental impact became a concern to the public and residents in the area.

These situations are valid concerns as it can lead to the degradation of the coastal ecosystem, which is a vital component of the island’s biodiversity. NES has taken appropriate actions against such activities and ensured that they are carried out in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

NES’s Environmental Compliance Department is particularly concerned with individuals and organisations that disregard environmental legislation and engage in activities that can cause harm to the environment. The illegal dumping of waste and burning of toxic waste can have serious health implications for both humans and wildlife. It is important for individuals and organisations to recognize their responsibility towards the environment and take necessary steps to minimise their impact. 

This can be achieved by following proper waste disposal methods, reducing the use of toxic materials, and obtaining the necessary permits and approvals from NES for any future projects or activities that have potential impact on the environment – big or small. By doing so, we can ensure sustainable preservation of our environment and protect it for future generations.

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The National Environment Service is established to protect, conserve and ensure the Cook Islands environment is managed sustainably. The agency is headed by a Director with delegated powers to carry out the functions of the Environment Act 2003.

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